Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Batman 66 Meets The Green Hornet #1 of 6
Smith, Garman & Templeton
Kevin Smith brings his love of the Batman 1960s TV series and the Green Hornet into a comic book mini-series. The first issue definitely nails the spirit of the Batman TV show and brings the Green Hornet into the fold in a natural way. Overall, this is a strong start to the mini-series and is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
The book is very Batman centric. Bruce Wayne accompanies a train that is carrying an artifact that Gotham is loaning to a nearby city. Wayne feels it is more acceptable that the main benefactor of the museum joins the trip rather than the caper crusader himself. Of course, a villain shows up to take the artifact and forces Wayne into action.
Wayne meets up with an old schoolmate, Britt, while on the train. Smith quickly establishes the two as old friends, but rivals. When everything goes wrong on the train, The Green Hornet and Kato are the first on the scene. Eventually Batman and Robin appear to help out and the villain gets the best of them as the heroes are trapped in a classic death situation that is right out of the Batman TV show.
The book makes great use of the characters. I can't say that the Green Hornet inclusion is a big difference in the book as his role seems very minor. However, the Batman/Bruce Wayne dialogue and actions are absolutely perfect. The book also has a nice pace to it as it moves from introductions to setup to the problem to the cliffhanger. The book feels like it packs a lot in for the twenty pages.
The artwork is very good. The book does have a tough time depicting Britt and Bruce in a way that makes them look different but generally the book has a nice look to it. The book excels when the action starts and that definitely helps to push the story along at a nice pace. Overall the comic is a good visual presentation.
With five issues to go it is hard to imagine what will happen next, but the opening issue provides a comprehensive and entertaining read. Batman gets a lot of panel time and all of it is right out of the TV show. The book struggles a little bit to bring the Hornet into the book in a unique way but there may be more for him down the road. This comic book is fun and definitely is worth checking out whether you've seen the old shows or not. Obviously, if you are only familiar with the Nolan Batman then you might get your world rocked. Check this comic out.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles